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Inauguration of the American Corner Douala Remarks by Ambassador Christopher J. Lamora
August 22, 2023

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by
Ambassador Christopher J. Lamora
Inauguration of the American Corner Douala
Friday, August 18, 14:15-15:45


Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m pleased to be with you today to officially inaugurate the American Corner Douala, our fourth American Space in Cameroon!

As some of you may know, the Douala Regional Linguistic Center here has collaborated with the U.S. Embassy and hosted an American Shelf since 2021.  It is thanks to the continuous solid cooperation, thanks to Director Nama and the entire Center staff, that we are able to celebrate the Shelf’s transition to an official American Corner today.

Thank you to the presenters who graciously shared their stories on how this American Corner has impacted their lives.  It’s another testament to the great work by the Center team.  American Spaces supported by the U.S. Government, such as this one and those in Yaoundé, Buea, and Garoua, connect the world to the United States.  The 600 American Spaces worldwide welcome at least 66 million visits annually, providing visitors with a taste of America.

American Spaces are safe places for exploration, conversation, and learning that promote universal understanding and develop leadership skills.  We believe in investing in people, investing in their education and their potential, and the American Spaces programs exemplify this commitment.  Programs here are designed to empower individuals to face today’s challenges and build a brighter tomorrow.

American Spaces are for innovation and collaboration.  At this Space, you will find up-to-date technology and learning materials to foster networking, mentorship, and information-sharing.  Individuals can also learn more about U.S. culture, values, higher education, and exchange program opportunities.

Since March 2021, the American Spaces team in Douala has provided more than 50 unique programs and received over 2000 users, with a particular focus on the “three E’s” – Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship.

This Space has gathered scientific leaders to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for women and girls.  This Space has also fostered community engagement and critical thinking through the monthly virtual book club.  The Space is currently hosting business English classes for women, workshops for professional groups, and skill building seminars for girls from underserved communities.

We are grateful to Director Nama of the Douala Regional Linguistic Center and her talented team for their hard work.  I would also like to thank those individuals who have contributed to the success of this Corner by hosting events, leading discussion groups, and mentoring young people who visit the Center.  This Space is for the community, and we are pleased to see members of the community so actively engaged.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me conclude by thanking all of you for joining us to   officially launch the American Corner Douala.  We hope you will continue to join us for future events organized by the American Spaces in Cameroon.

Finally, on behalf of the Embassy, I’m pleased to present to the American Corner this collection of books and iPads which I hope will be put to good use by avid readers and tech users.  Thank you.